Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 33 association matters For entities like utility companies and property management companies, prep begins several months before hurricane season. Baldwin EMC, for example, has a comprehen- sive disaster plan, and employees hold drills each year to prepare, said Rebecca Shobe, manager of communications. Property management companies, such as Meyer Vacation Rentals, also start preparations in the spring with an emergency management team of about 15, said Michelle Nelson, president of parent company SH Enterprises. It is important you know who will secure your exterior property if you are not in the region or have to evacuate. That's where your property management company comes into play. Meyer sends letters to owners with three plans of action for the 1,200 properties it manages. Owners choose which plan level they want to participate in - from opting out of any storm maintenance agreement to having Meyer secure balcony furniture and trash cans, cover grinder pump vent pipes and close storm shutters. It's important property owners know what their association will or will not do in the event of a storm. "Sometimes property owner associations will pull in furniture, but not board up windows, or vice versa," Nelson said. "So we let them choose what level of assistance they need." It's important to note that "those agreements and preparations are not just for hurricanes," Nelson said. In January, Gulf Shores was hit by high winds that took a balcony off a property. Other high wind events and the occasional ice storm have also caused damage. When A Storm Forms Once you have done all you can to prepare in advance, be attentive to the weather during hurricane season. If you live in the region, have a "Hurricane Box" prepared with essentials, and know your evacuation routes. Be sure to include nonper- ishable food items, plenty of water, flashlights, batteries and a battery-operated radio. Also have cash and a full tank of gas. Identify a place to stay during the evacuation. Have a plan for your pets, as well. When a storm affects the Alabama coast, ► AWARD-WINNING INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM & ART GALLERY Fine Furnishings & Accessories Showroom Full Service l New Construction Remodeling (850) 837-5157 11974 US Highway 98 West Miramar Beach, FL 32550 w#26000633 sugarbeachinteriors FEATURED ON Baldwin EMC crews hold drills each year to prepare for hurricane season. Baldwin EMC

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